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    January 28, 2010
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this is 9 news now. hello. welcome to 9 news now at noon. i'm j.c. hayward. the president's state of the union address is making headlines this afternoon. air force one just landed and president obama is in florida to put last night's words in to action. he and vice president biden
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plan to outline the administration's jobs bill. joel brown reports from the white house, though, that it could be a tough sell to republicans. >> reporter: president obama hit the road this morning in an effort to show he's serous about putting people back to work. he and vice president biden will announce $8 billion worth of stimulus funding for a national high speed rail network. a proposal the administration says will create new jobs [ applause ] the president focused most of his first state of the union speech on the nation's economic situation. he announced plans to push businesses to expand and hire and he called on congress to follow suit. >> people are out of work. they are hurting. they need our help. and i want a jobs bill on my desk without delay. >> reporter: but republicans say no deal. >> it's it's a stimulus bill again. it's failed. they said when we passed the last stimulus bill we would have 8% unemployment.
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that was their commitment. it is 10%. >> reporter: the president wants tow lakers to move forward on more than job creation. he wants them to set aside their differences and find a way to pass the health care reform bill. >> don't walk away from reform, not now. not when we are so close. >> reporter: the task got tougher after republicans picked up a key senate seat. the president will need at least one of them to support his plan but the gop says it has better ideas. >> our solutions aren't thousand page bills that no one has fully read after crafted behind closed doors with special interests. >> reporter: democrats still hold the majority but they have to find some common ground with republicans if they want to turn the president's proposals in to reality. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. on our website at wusa9.com, you can read the entire text of both president obama and virginia governor mcdonnell's speeches. and then on our video page, you can see reaction from local
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lawmakers and also you can weigh in with our impression of the president's address. we're following a developing story now from southeast. we have learned the younger brother of council member jim graham's chief of staff was murdered last night. 18-year-old calvin woodland junior was shot and kill aid long barnby street southeast. his older brother is calvin v. woodland and he is graham's chief of staff. metro board members are meeting and trying to decide how to deal with a $40 million short fall. there are currently four proposals on the table. they include adding three more minutes to the wait time between trains, or simply increasing wait times for late- night riders an additional five to ten minutes. now, another option would be to reduce or eliminate metro bus
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to 31 bus lines. the last is a ten cent fare surcharge. as for tuesday's fatal accident involving two metro employees on the tracks near the rockville station. officials say they are waiting for the ntsb to release its findings. dc's same-sex marriage bill could face a fight in congress. utah representative jason -- submitted a resolution yesterday. it would prevent the bill from becoming law. the dc council passed the measure to allow same-sex marriages last month, but dc laws must be approved by congress before they take effect. congress has 30 legislative days to act on the marriage bill before it becomes law. the body of a maryland marine killed in afghanistan is expected to be returned home today. sergeant smith of frederick was killed on saturday after a bomb went off while he was on
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patrol. the marine reservist graduated from frederick high school in 2002. it's all because of the lives lost that world powers are meeting now to come up with a way to win the war in afghanistan. charlie d'agata has that part of the story. diplomatic leaders from around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder to fight terrorists in afghanistan. >> we will defeat you and we will defeat you not just on the battlefield but in the hearts and minds of the peoples of this world, and particularly people in afghanistan. >> reporter: in an effort to change the minds of terrorists, leaders unveiled a plan to persuade taliban militants to lay down their weapons. an international fund will be set up to pay for new jobs and homes and try to bring them in to main stream society. secretary of state hillary clinton says the united states would back the plan as long as militants cut all ties to al- qaeda. the afghan president called for political help in the region. >> we ask all of our neighbors,
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particularly pakistan, to support our peace. >> reporter: leaders here are trying to reflect a united front but deep divisions remain and protesters just down the street from the conference are demanding to be heard. muslim demonstrators called afghan president karzai a fraud. >> we are calling for the troops to be removed, the occupation to end and the israelis to be changed. >> reporter: but foreign troops won't be leaving anytime soon. britain's prime minister said the tide is turning against insurgents and predicts afghan security forces should be able to take over their own security by next year but president karzai warns some american and international forces may be needed in afghanistan for another 15 years. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. let's get the latest information on the earthquake in haiti. another sign of hope amid the
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ruins. a 17-year-old girl was pulled out of the rubble 15 days after the quake. a french team found her. the team says she was actually moments from death. the girl is weak. she's dehydrated and she has a broken leg but she's going to survive. the search and rescue team from fairfax county is coming home today. they left haiti for the dominican republic yesterday. the team is one of the first to leave for hey did and they made several rescues. members of a congressional black caucus met with the haitian ambassador yesterday in northwest washington. that meeting was intended to reaffirm the group's commitment to the haitian people and the relief effort on the island nation. >> first of all, remember, when there are tragedies like this all over the world, after a while interest wanes. important thing about haiti is they have got 43 members of congress who will be on this case until haiti is rebuilt. >> reporter: more help is
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needed in that relief effort. if you would like to help, go to our website at wusa9.com. we have links to dozens of relief groups right at the top of the home page. fairfax county is facing a $176 million gap in funding. superintendent dr. jack dale says if the district does not get more money in the state then he will have to make cuts. last night the county announced the possible closure of an alternative high school in order to help with that short fall. >> my fear is what will happen is when we have hundreds of family in the community with no education and statistically it tells us welfare or jail are very high possibilities. it will cost us far more in the long run if we don't educate them now. >> reporter: governor bob mcdonnell is considering a change in state funding. it would mean $61 million less for fairfax. still to come when 9 news
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now returns, we'll show you how american car companies are trying to lure new customers in the wake of toyota's massive recall. and then later you will meet local artists who are up for a grammy award on sunday. you can watch it right here live on channel 9. we'll be right back.
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all right. the president and the vice president have just landed in tampa, florida.
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the two are there to try to create jobs for americans who are out of work. this is a followup to the president's state of the union address last night. we see him meeting with dignitaries. well, toyota's problems are growing. we have learned it will extend its recall now to europe. and the gas pedal problem has avis and enterprise calling the -- pulling the affected cars from its fleet. and it has also put the manager of darcars in silver spring in a bad spot. >> definitely not business as usual. the economy itself has been a challenge. the timing isn't great. >> reporter: it is bad news for the toyota assembly line workers, as well. eight plants in the u.s. and canada have been idled and that's leaving thousands of workers wondering when they
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will be back on the job. in the meantime, general motors is trying to approach toyota owners who may want to get rid of their cars on safety concerns. gm is offering 0% financier if 60 months. $1,000 toward a down payment and $1,000 to pay off leases early and it will run through february. devon lucie is in for howard. he has the forecast. >> a little sunshine is coming through but you could call it mostly cloudy skies here in northwest dc but what it has done to temperatures is bring them to the upper 40s in washington. some 50s are showing up south of here. enjoy it while you can. get out this noon hour and enjoy the 50s because it gets colder and then we are talking snow.
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the grammy awards this sunday night here on channel 9 and walkens have a lot to sing about. three local artists are nominated for best children's album. derek mcginty has more on the trio's thought as they packed up for los angeles. >> banjo meet beat box.
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he keeps beat they are the trio who are up for best children's album ♪ [ music ] like that. >> 23-year-old chris bacon discovered the idea of the human beat box from an old record album, and he's been beat boxing ever since. >> where i come from, like section 8 housing projects, you know, at night when you hear the guns go off. i would take my grammy award and go to my elementary and middle school and take pictures of all of my teachers because all of them helped to mold me in to the person i am. >> reporter: bacon met up with long-time musicians who made kids ' music. >> this chance meeting we had with chris bacon brought a sound that we immediately identified with. >> reporter: and the three made banjo to beat box, a collection of kids songs including this one called jubilation. they decided to also make a music video for it, complete
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with puppets. >> what we do is art for art sake. washington, i consider to be, more of a blue collar musicians town. roll up your sleeves and get the work done and have a great time with the audience. >> reporter: this is their 13th grammy nomination. they have won two and have been performing live shows. they are also up for best folk album this year. derek mcginty, 9 news now and wusa9.com. >> i seen them a couple of years ago. i have my fingers crossed they win this year. mary j. blige will perform bridge over troubled water at the grammy awards on sunday and it will be available for down load for itunes following the show with all of the proceeds going to the american red cross. again the 52nd annual grammys will air this sunday live beginning at p.m. right here on wusa 9.
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>> and followed by wusa 9 news at 11:00. i will be here. >> that's right. >> all right. i want to hear what you have to say because i know snow is in the forecast. >> we have a little in the forecast. >> a little. >> key words for washington is just a little. >> a little. you have to go south to get a lot of snow out of the system. i will show you where this is setting up first i want to show you the next three days. 51 today. we are on track to hit that. enjoy it while you can. i just looked at the latest observation of west of washington and much colder air is pushing in. the arctic front is on its way. you may see a sleet pellet or something out of the sky in the form of frozen precipitation when that passes through in the next couple of hours but not a good chance. from 51 to 31 we will go. current look across the potomac to the lincoln memorial, washington monument there and our current temperature 48 degrees. we are on cue to hit 51. what i have been going through
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all day here an i think we will get that. 52, 51. partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies and the northwest winds are picking up 15 to 20 miles an hour and gusts higher than that. temperatures probably dropping 10 to 15 degrees in a couple of hours this afternoon. and it will go down to the teens, lower 20s tomorrow morning. teens for the outer suburbs. 21, 22 for the interior dc area. 27 to 32 for a high tomorrow. we will be lucky if we hit the freezing mark and then it is about tracking the storm system. this is the storm system. it is wreaking havoc over oklahoma right now. sleet mixing with snow. it will roll through the mid south and push to the mid- atlantic. this is friday afternoon and friday evening and not until we get to saturday is it here. see how washington is on the northern fringe of the storm system. how this will set up is with the sleet hitting north carolina here. it will be right here above the sleet snow line where we will get most of the snow.
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for us it is about the arctic front coming through the next couple of hours and behind that really cold air. you will notice the winds picking up in the northwest ten to 25 miles an hour. gusts even higher than that. here's the chance of the snowfall beginning saturday midday. showing washington, a little light snow. most of it will start to fall south. some of the southern metro zones is where i think some accumulation will set up. if you are north, montgomery, carroll county, frederick county, maryland not much of anything at all. if you see a flake you will be lucky if that happens. this is one particular forecast of how much snow will fall. not the official forecast or the final forecast but one outlook. three to four inches of snow by the time we get to 7:00 but a wider view shows what will set up south of here. 15 inches of snow and i think that is underdone. i think that's the main event for the snowstorm in southern virginia. we are up to 50 degrees in virginia. upper 40s north of here.
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teens and 20s tomorrow morning. bundle up and away from the winds, too. they will be 10 to 15 mile an hour northwest winds. tomorrow afternoon you are lucky if we hit freezing. after that there is 27 and the snow for a high on saturday for us in washington and getting much colder, at least staying cold through the next several days. it is time for pet line nine and today with us from the montgomery county humane society is b.j. who do you have with us? >> this is vienna beagle. >> reporter: she has a full name. >> i gave it to her. >> i love it. and she happens to be a beagle. >> yes. and she has all the characteristics of auberge. she's sweet, affectionate, food motivated for sure. >> she loves dog treats. >> yes. >> and full of energy which is great to see. she is an 8-year-old spayed female. and at age 7 or 85 lot of vets consider that a pet becomes a senior. she's full of energy. just as lively as some younger
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animals. >> so we will call her mid senior. >> or active senior. >> would she be good with kids in a home? >> she would be great with kids, great with other animals. from what we understand with her paperwork. she will need a lot of time from the family that adopts her or the individual. she needs exercise and probably need obedience training. all of that energy can stand to be calmed down a bit. >> got ya. i have had a few episodes with pets before. that is great. you can find her at montgomery county humane society. >> see her on our website, come and see us. and also on our website we have links for some other events that are coming up for animals, cats and a dogs and everybody. >> check out pet line nine on wusa9.com. stay with us for the news at noon. we'll be right back. cycycyc1c9cycócococ/cc/
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wayne and mary met in kindergarten. they've been together ever since. for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. vows that were tested and kept. thanks, hon. even when cancer hit and cost wayne his job. and scleroderma hit and cost him his hands. and then the wall street crash hit and cost them their life savings. still, they struggle on just to get by, to keep food on the table and to heat their home. mary: the wood stove helps us save on oil, but it's getting harder and harder. at citizens energy, we know the hurt you must feel. we know it's hard for proud people to ask for help. i just want to let you know how happy we are that we can lend a helping hand. wayne: we never thought we would be cold in our own home. mary: thanks to citgo and the people of venezuela. hi, i'm joe kennedy from citizens energy,
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waterfront. >> that will be phenomenal. >> very exciting. >> but this weekend you have your annual dinner, your banquet dinner and you are celebrating some leaders. >> we have strong leadership in alexandria, and our new 2010 chairman charles banta is the general manager of the hilton mark center in alexandria is taking the helm and we are celebrating the wild wild west end of alexandria. it is a cowboy theme. and it is all cowboy cheek. >> beside the businesses getting together for this great event and i'm going to be there. it is so much fun. the funds go to your foundation and it does community work. >> a portion of the proceeds go to our foundation which we provide programs in leadership and community development giving back to our community. >> and that's so important. it is this weekend. if you haven't made plans and you want to go to the mark center in alexandria for the
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chamber of commerce dinner and put on your cowboy gear. see you at 5:00. bye-bye.
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